Restaurant Owner with Milton Ties Dies in Taliban Attack

Kamel Hamade was one of 21 killed at his restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A terrorist attack at a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, that took the lives of a least 21 people has ties to Milton.

The restaurant's owner Kamel Hamade, of Beirut, Lebanon, is survived by his mother Nadia Hamade and his brothers Dr. Zuhayr Hemady, and Dr. Faisal Hamada, who all live in Milton.

According to his obituary, Hamade was trying to protect the patrons of Taverna du Liban when he was killed on Jan. 17.

The Washington Post reported a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the restaurant and then two gunmen started shooting inside around 7, Friday night. A firefight with security forces lasted nearly two hours.

NPR reporter Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, said Hamade treated customers as personal friends and stayed in the dangerous city because, "he loved the place and the people, and that business was good."

Memorial visitation for Kamel Hamade will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home 460 Granite Ave., East Milton, Saturday, Feb. 1, from 3 to 7 p.m.


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